The post today will be a relatively detailed description of how I do these. This is one of the tshirts lying across a relatively flat surface before I start "pleating".
Here I have almost finished the pleating process. I start at the lower left hand corner and just use my fingers to.gather up the garment on the diagonal. One is reversed as I did it inside out!!
All gathered up and now I spiral it.
Two spiraled t-shirts sitting on the drop cloth which is on grate suspended over a plastic box. I did four t-shirts altogether yesterday.
Here you can see four mandalas altogether. There are two in each half of this square (really looks more like a rectangle as I didn't cut as even as I could have!).
This is what the t-shirts look like after I have applied the ice and the dyes. Used here were sun yellow, grass green, leaf green and some dark green (which is very very dark I have discovered).
This is one set of mandalas covered with the ice and dye. Lots of yellow here.
These are the mandalas after five hours.
T-shirts at five hours. The ice is almost all melted. Note that a lot of the yellow is still in powdery form.
These are the mandalas right before I start washing -- this was about 7 hours later. I do these in my basement which is relatively cool.
These are the t-shirts before washing.
Before I do the washing, I nuke each of the t-shirts for about four minutes and do the same for the mandalas (although I group the mandalas and do 4 at a time). I do the same with the drop cloths. Just want to get them nice and warm to make sure the dye is set.
I then unfold and rinse in cold water getting a lot of the dye out and hopefully most of the soda ash. I then dunk them in quite warm water, swishing them around to get out as much dye as possible. (The water will look very dark.) I change up the two waters after two t-shirts. I then thrown them all into a bucket and cart them to the washing machine for final washing. I use the hottest water I can in my washer and add Synthrapol. I also make sure I am using the maximum load size. The rinse water is warm. After this wash, I remove them and get all the strings that have tied them all up off and look at them as this is probably what they will look like. I then repeat the wash/rinse process one more time. I always tell people to make sure they wash before using as well as they may have a hotter wash cycle and potentially could get some more dye out. The dye that is left is really a stain and no longer active though so generally if there is some staining, a little Synthrapol will get it right out.
These are the remaining mandalas displayed with their "partners".
And here are the t-shirts. The first two are Hanes x-large and the third one is a Basic Editions (K-Mart) 2x.
This is a 1x v-neck t-shirt.